For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, February 24, 2014

Kevin Schug

Water quality: Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, is studying water wells in four counties for the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

Chemists testing water in four counties

The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is seeking water well owners in Parker, Wise, Montague, and Hood counties to participate in a groundwater quality study in partnership with UT Arlington researchers through a private firm.

The study will provide new data to the district through the testing of over 30 water quality parameters. Study organizers are hoping to gather at least 100 samples in the area.

UT Arlington and Inform Environmental, the private firm collecting the samples, have developed a range of testing methods to analyze the samples for specific contaminants such as arsenic and may identify elements commonly used in unconventional drilling.

"The techniques our research team developed have the potential to address many important questions about water quality in North Texas and help citizens become better informed," says Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. "We are eager to expand the reach of our work through this partnership."

Read more about the water testing. This research is part of UTA DNA.

Early voting on campus through Thursday

Cast your ballot on campus in early voting for the March 4 primary election. Campus voters have four days—Monday-Thursday, Feb. 24-27—to choose candidates in primaries for Democratic, and Republican parties.

The campus polling station is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center, courtesy of the Student Congress.

Voter information and links to local election offices are available through the Texas Secretary of State office at For more information, see the Tarrant County early voting website.

  Mav Pic Pie the Prof--Liping Tang

Sweet success

Fundraising is a tough job during Engineers Week when monetary votes determine which professor will receive a pie in the face. Liping Tang received the honors thanks to a colleague. Saibun Tjuatja learned he was in the lead and donated enough to put Dr. Tang on top. They raised $198 for Engineers Without Borders. Tang is a professor and interim chair of bioengineering, and Dr. Tjuatja is an associate professor of electrical engineering.

Coffee & Conversation event Friday

Faculty and staff hired between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, are invited to attend Coffee & Conversation 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the University Club in Davis Hall.

This quarterly event for UT Arlington's newest Mavericks offers coffee, networking, and an opportunity to meet with Jean Hood, vice president for Human Resources.

RSVP by today, Monday, Feb. 24,

Graduate Awareness Week

Graduate Awareness Week is a week-long event to showcase UT Arlington graduate programs, and answer questions about applying to graduate school, funding graduate school, and preparing for the GRE and GMAT exams. 

A graduate academic fair is set for Tuesday, Feb. 25, and a graduate application boot camp is Friday, Feb. 28. Free workshops and practice tests for graduate admission tests will be hosted by Kaplan Test Prep. See the schedule for details.

Register for Graduate Awareness Week, hosted by the Office of University Recruitment.

Spring health fair needs volunteers

Health Services is seeking volunteers for its annual Fun in the Sun Health Fair at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Register to volunteer for a shift between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Webinar shows how to build a digital community

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction presents "Building Digital Community" for the next open-access UT Arlington Webinar Series for New Teachers. The webinar is 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

Mark Conley, professor of literacy at the University of Memphis, speaks on "Personalizing while Differentiating." Dr. Conley specializes in human and technology-based tutoring and assessment in literacy, mathematics, and science. He designed the Memphis Literacy Corps, the largest literacy tutoring effort implemented in the United States.

The program is free and open to all educators. For questions, email Peggy Semingson

Archived recordings from previous sessions are online on YouTubeMixCloud, and the UTA New Teacher Blog.

Submit nominations today for first Maverick of the Month award

If you know a faculty/staff member or a student who exemplifies The Maverick Way, you can nominate him or her to receive the Maverick of the Month distinction.

Each month the UTA Ambassadors solicit nominations for one faculty/staff member and one student for their commitment to living The Maverick Way.

Nominations for February are due by Monday, Feb. 24. Email Jennifer Fox at for details.

Register by Wednesday for Women's History Month Health Walk

Put on your walking shoes and sign up for the Women's History Month Health Walk, hosted by the Women in Leadership program. 

Register by Wednesday, Feb. 26. The walk starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at College Park Center.

Commencement regalia events set for faculty

Faculty members are encouraged to attend the UTA Bookstore’s regalia events at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The events are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Neches/Pedernales rooms, and 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the San Saba Room. If you are unable to attend, visit the bookstore to place your order. 

Samples will be available. Gowns are custom ordered and take eight weeks for delivery.

Rentals must be ordered no later than Friday, April 18, to guarantee hood colors. Rentals cannot be ordered after Friday, May 2.

Mav Pic Career fair volunteers

Career aides

Asia Wellington, left, of the Division of Digital Learning checks in for her volunteer duties at the spring Career Fair on Wednesday at the Maverick Activities Center. Staffing the desk were, from left, Folake Oludipe, nursing junior; Roxanne Buell, administrative assistant for the Career Development Center; and Roxie McCormick, student support specialist for University College.


Volunteers needed for national wheelchair basketball championship

Be a part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's collegiate championship games as a volunteer. The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball program plays host Thursday-Friday, March 6-7, at College Park Center and the Physical Education Building.

Volunteers would serve as team contacts and assistants, video camera operators, hospitality room assistants, award ceremony decorators, clean-up crews, and more.

Register to volunteer. For questions, email Catherine Soto, volunteer coordinator.

Applications accepted for First-Year Experience instructors

The Division of Student Affairs is recruiting instructors to teach the new First-Year Experience course for the fall 2014 semester. 

Informational sessions are 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Student Congress Chambers in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Instructors will receive a $1,500 stipend for each section. Visit the First-Year Experience website and view the Instructor Information page. Applications are due Sunday, March 30.

Send questions to Molly Albart, director of planning, assessment and student success, at

OIT general maintenance set for early Sunday

The normal maintenance period for OIT servers and the campus network occurs 2-7 a.m. Sundays. During normal maintenance, you may experience a temporary delay or inability to access a service.

To receive immediate notification any time IT detects a system problem or schedules maintenance that could impact your access to IT resources, join the IT_Status listserv.

Benefit Yourself

Benefits fair mixes Maverick spirit, vendors, freebies

Connect with local businesses and campus organizations at the Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn about discounts, win door prizes, and find giveaways. More than 60 vendors and organizations that provide a service or discount to the UT Arlington community are expected to attend. The first 500 attendees will receive a free lunch. 

Carter BloodCare will be on site for blood donations. To help with the event, which is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, complete volunteer registration.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Monday, Feb. 24

The Kids Are All Right

Documentary: 'The Kids Are All Right' This half-hour documentary follows a renegade Jerry's Kid, Mike Ervin, a Muscular Dystrophy Association poster child in the 1960s and now an outspoken disability rights activist. A discussion about charities follows. Free lunch. Free. Noon, Room 108, University Hall. Office for Students with DisabilitiesDisability Studies.

Biology Speaker Series David M. Hillis, the Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor in Natural Sciences and director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at UT Austin, speaks on “Evolution of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Genes: How One Family of Genes Controls Pain, Toxicity, Electrical Communication and Pleasure in Animals.” A reception follows. Free. 3-4 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Office of the Provost, Biology.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Developing Assertive Communication Skills Learn powerful tools for assertiveness to help you deal with conflict at all levels in the organization and discover techniques on how to be an assertive communicator. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

COEHP Brown Bag Seminar Holly Hungerford-Kresser, assistant professor of English education, presents "Intersections of College Readiness and Faculty Development: A Three-Year Pilot Partnership;" and Mary Curtis, visiting assistant professor of curriculum and instruction and director of the Center for Social Science Education, discusses "Geospatial Technology Integration and the Important Role Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Plays." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 111, Nedderman Hall. College of Education and Health ProfessionsCurriculum and Instruction.

Kinesiology Lecture Carl Gabbard of Texas A&M speaks on "Mental Representation for Action in the Elderly: Implications for Movement Efficiency and Injury Risk." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Finding Joe

Documentary: 'Finding Joe' Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in mythology that he called “the heroes journey.” Follow the ultimate heroes journey of self-discovery. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Documentary: 'Long Way Home: The Loving Story' Set during the civil rights era, Long Way Home: The Loving Story is about love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic racial segregation. A discussion on marriage during the civil rights era follows. Free. 6:30 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Discover how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter, and discover the benefits of organization. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Helen Keller-Annie Sullivan

Women's Studies Lecture Series Kim Nielsen of the University of Toledo speaks on "Saints, Sinners, and BFFs: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy." Dr. Nielsen has published three books on Keller and Macy. Her latest book is A Disability History of the United States. She is the founding president of the Disability History Association. Open-captioned. Free. 5:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's History Month.

Biology Colloquium Series Tor Savidge of Baylor College of Medicine speaks on “A Multi-omic Approach to Tackling Clostridium Difficile Infection.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Feb. 28

Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL The 21st annual student-led conference gives graduate students a chance to present their original research. Free. E.H. Hereford University Center. Linguistics and TESOL.

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Review the new forms and procedures for performance management. Register online. Free. 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11; 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 24. Human Resources.

Psychology Lecture Series Andrea Meltzer of Southern Methodist University discusses "‪Healthy living and healthy loving: The bidirectional association between weight and relational functioning." Free. Noon, Room 10, University Hall. Psychology.

Management Research Presentation Albert A. Cannella of Arizona State presents "Family- versus Lone-Founder-Controlled Public Corporations: Social Identity Theory and Boards of Directors." Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Monday, March 3

CMAS Speakers Series Patricia de los Rios of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico discusses “The Role of Culture in Mexico-U.S. Bilateral Relations, 1950-2010.” Free. 11 a.m., Room 11, University Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Social Work Brown Bag Lecture Rita McWaters and Mary McCoy of the Project People present “Disseminating Community Based Research” on reporting project results to non-profits and for foundation grants. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 107, Social Work Building B. Social Work.

Tuesday, March 4

Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace Review the basic principles and core concepts of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Fun in the Sun Health Fair Free health information, resources, and screenings. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Thursday, March 6

Webb Lectures 2014

49th Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures This year's Webb Lectures' theme is "Currents in Transatlantic History: Encounters, Commodities, Identities." Free. E.H. Hereford University Center. History, Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures.

Motivating Your Employees Learn how to motivate employees to a higher state of productivity and create a work environment that helps get the job done. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

GIS Workshop: Recent Healthcare Legislation and its Impact on Rural Texas Use geographic information systems to learn about recent healthcare policies and their impact on rural communities in Texas. No data or GIS experience is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UTA Libraries, GIS Workshops.

Inequality for All

Biology Colloquium Series Marnie Rout of the UNT Health Sciences Center speaks on “The Role of the Plant Microbiome in Invasion Ecology: A Case Study.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Documentary: 'Inequality for All' An award-winning documentary on the widening economic gap in America featuring Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor. Free. 6 p.m., auditorium, Social Work Building A. Social Work.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Managing Stress in the Workplace, Thursday, March 13; Managing Projects & Making Decisions, Tuesday, March 18; and Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Wednesday, March 19Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, "Medicine and Media," Tuesday, March 18, College Park Center; tickets at Also, Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall; tickets available Thursday, March 6. The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Maverick Speakers Series.

TEDxUTA Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design, including six UTA faculty members and two students. Tickets $25 for UTA faculty/staff, $15 for UTA students, and $35 for general public. 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. TEDxUTA.

Women's Home Improvement 102: Wall Repair and Texture This hands-on course will cover the proper drywall, painting, and texturing tools needed for an amazing wall transformation. Basic knowledge of home repair tools needed. Men welcome, too. Register online. Faculty, staff $75; use code UTHALF. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, March 22-April 5Continuing Education.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Small paintings exhibit, sale this week

Small paintings

The work of senior and advanced painting students is showcased in "Small Paintings, Big Ideas."

The salon-style exhibit—with many small paintings displayed on the same walls—will be exhibited daily until Friday, Feb. 28, in Gallery West at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Drive. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit includes a reception and art sale from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Purchases can be made with cash or check, and checks should be made payable to the artist.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Percussion Ensemble Concert UTA Percussion Ensemble performs, directed by Michael Varner. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Feb. 27

UTA Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds Concert UTA Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds performs, directed by John Zastoupil, associate director of bands. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Feb. 28

'The Magic Flute' Mozart's opera in two acts. Tickets $9 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors; $12 general public. Lecture 7 p.m., performance 8 p.m., MainStage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, lecture 1:30 p.m., performance 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2Theatre Arts.

Saturday, March 1

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Celebrate the joy of reading and beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Children can read with UTA students and enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, and photo opportunities. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Leadership CenterUTA VolunteersFreshmen Leaders on Campus.

Faculty Percussion Recital Percussion instructor Jim Yakas performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, March 3

Guest Trumpet Recital Guest artist is John Adler of the University of Northern Colorado. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 4

Music Honors Recital Outstanding students perform along with music faculty members. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Concerts and Recitals Guest Piano Recital with Daniela Mineva of Humboldt State University, Wednesday, March 5; and UTA Choir Concert, Thursday, March 6. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Spring Concert: Big Sean Hip-hop recording artist. Tickets limited to four per person. General admission tickets $20 faculty/staff, $15 students, $25 general public. VIP student tickets $30 for reserved seating. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Texas Hall. EXCEL Campus Activities.


Bernard Hoelsi: Collages An exhibition of 54 paper collages created by Swiss architect Bernard Hoelsi from 1963 to 1984. Opening reception 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Max W. Sullivan Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Through March 7. Architecture.


The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5. UT Arlington Library.

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. At right, Surrender by Rachel Priya Benson. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)



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